SPEARFISH | Less than six hours after a lone female robbed the Pioneer Bank & Trust Thursday morning, fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, Spearfish police arrested a 22-year-old Belle Fourche woman on felony charges of first degree robbery and grand theft.

According to Spearfish Police Lt. Boyd Dean, the woman entered the Jackson Boulevard bank at about 10 a.m. and presented a “demand note” to a teller. Shortly after, she fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, while driving a red Volkswagen sedan.

On Thursday afternoon, Spearfish police officers, assisted by Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents, arrested Kaycee Jade Teppo for the robbery. In a release, police said their investigation led them to determine Teppo had acted alone in the incident and had left the Jackson Boulevard bank with an amount of cash that is yet to be determined.

“During the course of the investigation, significant evidence was recovered along with a portion of the cash taken,” Lt. Dean stated in the release.

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While no weapon was observed in the course of the robbery, Teppo was captured on the bank’s video surveillance and police had distributed images of the suspect to area media outlets within a few hours of the robbery.

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